Prince Harry has been named President of The Queen’s Commonwealth Trust in a move that has been dubbed a gift from Her Majesty The Queen to her Grandson. The Queen’s Commonwealth Trust find and fund young people whose bright ideas solve local problems in education, health, the environment and sport.
Although the QCT has only just begun, their ambitions are bold and they call the young people that they work with, their partners, bringing insight and expertise to the Trust. They aim to work together – along with the Trust’s experienced partners and friends – to demonstrate the values of the Commonwealth in action, through the energy, optimism and leadership of its young people as well as creating a network where mentorship, resources and skills are shared.
Dr Sue Onslow, Deputy Director of the Institute of Commonwealth Studies at the University of London, spoke of the decision to give Prince Harry a larger role, “It’s a very astute move giving Prince Harry a non-political, global role, drawing on his charisma and energy to help keep the Commonwealth and its headship relevant to a younger generation. This is soft-power diplomacy.”
There are a number of current projects that The Queen’s Commonwealth Trust are working on:
- Creating a brighter future for vulnerable children. Reducing poverty and inequality by helping girls into education and young women into leadership.
- Eradicating hunger with excess food. Giving millions of meals to children across India – with food that would otherwise go to waste.
- Building schools and latrines to give vulnerable children the chance to strive and learn with dignity.
- Bringing dignity and hope to prisoners. Bringing hope and inspiration through career and life-skills training, better facilities and improved living conditions.
Prince Harry is set to give his first speech as President of The Queen’s Commonwealth Trust at Her Majesty The Queen’s Birthday Concert at the Royal Albert Hall on Saturday 21st April – The Queen’s 92nd birthday.